This article http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr04/225001.asp <http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr04/225001.asp>
points to the absurdity of the situation. You couldn't make up a more unbelievable story. Where is the outcry from the arts community?
I, for one, would rather have larger class sizes in a school with the arts than smaller class sizes in a school without the arts. Studies have shown that years ago when large class size was the norm, children were actually learning and retaining more than they are today. I am certain that it is the power, knowledge, skills, and integrity of the individual teacher that determines learning. The arts are the heart of a school, without them we are left with a void that cannot be filled in any other way.
From: Deb M. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tue 4/27/2004 1:37 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Tough Times in Wisconsin!
No kidding! Milwaukee's "creative arts" school has to lay off all of their
art teachers and just keep their academic teachers, due to budget problems.
How pathetic is that? Here is an article about it